Retro gaming: RICK DANGEROUS, The 80’s hardcore platforming spirit is still alive!

I was extremely stoked to find out that Eurogamer, has posted a tribute to one of my favorite video games of all time: RICK DANGEROUS. I suggest that you read it and then try out for yourselves the original game on your retro platform of choice, an emulator or the online flash version!

RICK DANGEROUS BOX FRONT (PC version)

RICK DANGEROUS BOX FRONT (PC version)

Rick Dangerous was a platforming game released in 1989. It was strongly influenced by the Indiana Jones movies and was extremely hard. It’s been made by Core Design who became famous later for the Tomb Raider series. A sequel was released in 1990, which was also very cool.

I played both games for countless hours with my brothers on the family’s PC-XT/CGA. We bought the original after being hooked up by the cover artwork (see the acoompanying pictures of our copy).

RICK DANGEROUS BOX REAR (PC version)

RICK DANGEROUS BOX REAR (PC version)

Recently, I played it against on one of my Amigas, and together with the fond memories came back the frustration with the difficulty level. The gameplay was very hardcore. You had to memorize all traps, most of them invisible, and move with precision. I can still remember the awe we feel with my brothers each time we passed to a new screen, only to die shortly after and try again to reach the same point.

RICK DANGEROUS 5"1/4 FLOPPY DISK (PC version)

RICK DANGEROUS 5″1/4 FLOPPY DISK (PC version)

The Rick Dangerous spirit survives in contemporary platforming games, such as Spelunky, which I’ve purchased and played on Xbox 360. The gameplay’s core is altered in the sense that you don’t have any more to memorize traps, since the levels are generated procedurally. Therefore, the mechanics are focused on precision and speed. I admit that the game’s cruelty  has wrecked my nerves before I got too far, but you ought to try it if you’re up for a hardcore, old-school gaming challenge.

For a wealth information about Rick Dangerous, check out this tribute page, from where you can also download most versions.

RICK DANGEROUS UNBOXED (PC version)

RICK DANGEROUS UNBOXED (PC version)

Retro gaming: RICK DANGEROUS, The 80’s hardcore platforming spirit is still alive! was last modified: July 13th, 2014 by panos.agoros

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About panos.agoros

Music and computers. The same two passions that Panos has ever since he was a kid, have defined the path that he would follow in life. He studied computer science in Paris-France in the early/mid 90's and is an IT engineer, providing since 1999 Mission Critiical support for enterprise environments. He is also known to be a retro hardware scavenger and old computer collector. His love for music pushed him to become actively involved in the scene. From November 1995 until the early 00's he ran Chaotik Webzine, a pioneering music webzine and the first to provide coverage for both the metal & hardcore underground. He is for the last 15 years an editor of Metal Hammer Greece, the biggest music magazine in the country. He rans a small record label and distro, Blastbeat Mailmurder, and is also the vocalist/lyricist of critically and fan acclaimed astrogrind outfit Dephosphorus. In his lost hours he does field recordings and manipulates sound waves for his experimental noise/ambient Kommpound.

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